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Best Commander Pairings (Defense, Rally, Open Field, Canyon, Barbarians)

Pairing Commanders in Rise of Kingdoms can give you amazing synergies but using the wrong commander as your secondary commander can put you on a disadvantage as well. In this guide I wanted to show you the best option of secondary commanders to use with every commander that’s in Rise of Kingdoms.

So, my biggest problem when trying to create this list was… how should I do it? My first approach was listing every commander and then show which commander will be a good pairing. This was something I gave up pretty fast because some commanders are only good as secondary commanders and there wasn’t much benefit for you when I make such a list.

So, I was thinking that it will be a lot more helpful for you when I put here the main objectives (like raiding other people’s cities or hunting barbarians, etc.) and give you the best pairing that you should use for that.

Please note that I have this in close conjunction with my commander tier list so I only show pairing that work well for every cause. You can find my commander tier list here.

How The Pairing Table Works

On the left side you have the primary commander for that given cause (in this example garrison defense) and the other commanders are ordered in how well their synergy works with the primary commander. In this example, Wu Zetian is the best primary commander to use for the garrison defense and Yi-Seong Gye is the best secondary commander to use with her. You won’t find Wu Zetian as a secondary commander with Charles martel here because if you have both commanders, you want to use Wu Zetian as the primary and Charles Martel as the secondary commander so there’s no use in having her ranked as a secondary commander.

In this example here pairing Wu Zetian with Sun Tzu as garrison commander is still better than using Charles Martel with Yi-Seong Gye, although the synergy between Charles and YSG is better than Wu Zetian with Sun Tzu, overall the pairing with the primary commander in the higher position is always better.

I hope this makes sense? 😉

Best Commander Pairing – City Defense

This for defending your city (defending objectives is the next one).

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Wu Zetian is the best commander for defending your city and works best with Yi-Seong Gye as secondary commander because he will boost active skill damage and overall has a great synergy. Richard is also working well with extra healing but this can get countered easily with Saladin or Mehmed attacks, so be careful here. Constantine has the extra damage reduction that can also be countered while Charles Martel’s extra march speed is useless although the other skills work well with Wu Zetian. Use Sun Tzu if you want to pair with an epic commander that has great anti-swarm effectivity and also boosts her active skill.

Best Commander Pairings – Open Field

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Alexander is right now the strongest commander to use primary in the open field and pairing him with YSG is the best choice you have, hands down. YSG will boost the damage incredibly but it looks like there’s not many synergies between the two. Still, the two pair extremely well in the open field and can beat any other pairing of the same strength.

Best Commander Pairing – Rallying

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Best Commander Pairing – Barbarians

It doesn’t make much sense to give you a recommendation here because you always want to use a commander with the Peacekeeping Tree as the primary to get the bonus experience gained from beating barbarians and then add a secondary commander that you want to level up. Barbarians are something that you simply farm and there’s no need to do a “best” pairing here, you simply use it to level your commanders 🙂

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